Deakin University student Felicity Smith is the successful candidate for our latest intern intake through our Deakin work integrated learning partnership.
Through the Deakin University X Siren Sport Work Integrated Learning placement program we give interns the opportunity to develop skills in interviewing, writing and editing, develop web production and CMS management knowledge as well as learning brand management through social media and marketing. Upon completion of an 80-hour program, students will have not only learned some new skills, they will have developed a portfolio of work to add to their resume as they look to enter the workforce.
We’d like to introduce new intern, Felicity Smith, to our Siren community so you can learn more about her, the passion she has for the women in sports space, and what we’ll be looking to give to support her higher education journey and her career goals.
We’re looking forward to working with Felicity and sharing her work with you all!
What was it about the opportunity to intern with Siren that made you want to apply for this position?
The first time the Siren internship was mentioned, my reaction was very much along the lines of:
‘Oh no, I could never do that. I definitely don’t know enough about sport; it isn’t my area’.
I’m studying an Arts/Science double degree with specialisations in anthropology and human biology. Sport is a culturally significant showcasing of human anatomy. It is literally an intersection in my area. But I didn’t feel comfortable, because sport and sports media have been gatekept as a ‘men’s interest’. Siren is committed to unpacking and challenging this notion, which is what made me excited to learn from, and be challenged by them.
What are you most keen to learn while at Siren to assist with your degree and what you’d like to do in the future?
The diversity of people’s stories has always interested and inspired me. During my time with Siren, I’d love to learn how to do the re-telling of them justice through a range of different mediums. I’m excited to learn different forms of audio and visual journalism. In my future, I want to take on some academic-based research and freelance journalism.
What is it about women’s sports that you are passionate about?
Looking into the reasons why women aren’t more encouraged to be a part of the scene! I’m always going to admit that I was never a natural athlete (if there is such a thing!). However, I loved sports as a kid. Unfortunately, (mostly for my parents) I was always interested in the niche ones – proof below of me having *possibly* unrealistic Winter Olympic dreams while growing up in regional Victoria.
Why is it so much more difficult for people that aren’t men to identify opportunities and continue with sport and participate in sporting communities? What makes sports accessible or not accessible?
What would you like to see change about women’s sports and sports media?
The language that is used when reporting about women in sport in mainstream media. ‘Women’s Soccer’, ‘Women’s football’. The addition of ‘women’s’ as a precursor really centres sport as being a space for predominantly men. I’m so guilty of doing this, and unfortunately it is sometimes necessary when reporting. However, it reflects an ever present, non-inclusive and unequal attitude around sport that contributes to structural power imbalances. During my time at Siren, I’m excited to explore different attitudes around this idea though and see what people in the industry think.